ORGANISING A BAPTISM IN FOXROCK PARISH
Thank you for choosing Foxrock Parish to have your child Baptised.
To arrange a Baptism, you should simply telephone Patricia Walsh, our Parish Secretary, at (01) 289 3492 on any weekday between 10.30am – 12.30pm at least two months before the proposed date of the baptism. Alternatively, you may email Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To confirm your booking we will need you to complete this BAPTISM REQUEST FORM and REGISTRATION FORM. These two forms must be returned, along with your child’s Birth Certificate, either at the pre-Baptismal meeting, details below, or to the Parish Office, they cannot be returned by email. If you need a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate please fill in this BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUEST FORM.
Two members of our Baptismal Team will meet all parents on the First Tuesday of the month at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre beside the Church. A member of the team will contact you about this. The meeting gives us an opportunity to meet each other and to reflect together on the significance and implications of the baptism of your child. It also provides an opportunity to go through the Ceremony together and to explain the various elements used in baptism. It is very important to us that all parents who wish to have their children baptised into our community attend this meeting.
We look forward to welcoming you to our parish community.
Foxrock Parish Baptism Team
Why Do We Christians Baptise?
After His resurrection and before He ascended to the Father, the Lord gathered his disciples one last time and said to them:
“All authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt 28: 18 – 20).
The Church baptises because the Lord has commanded us to do so.
Who Can Be Baptised?
Anyone who has faith and desires it: For adults seeking baptism, it involves a one year period of preparation and the reception of the Sacrament with the Parish Community at the Vigil Mass of Easter on Holy Saturday night.
Parents who wish to have their children baptised: Unlike the case of adult baptism, this one depends not on the faith of the baby, of course, but rather on the faith of the parents. It is presumed therefore that the parents – or at least one of them – are practicing members of the Catholic Community and that the child will be brought up in the practice of the faith. In fact, the parents solemnly promise to do this during the Baptismal Ceremony.